Eramia Rides 1,500th Winner
March 20, 2015 01:47pm

Journeyman Richard Eramia hit a career milestone on Thursday’s Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots card when guiding Louis Barbazon’s Andrew Leggio, Jr.-trained filly Ladasha to victory in the second race to capture his 1,500th career win. Eramia, who missed a good chunk of this 2014-15 meet due to a shoulder injury from a late November post-race riding incident, has been ablaze recently – including a riding hat trick on Mar. 13.

A multiple graded stakes-winning pilot, the Uruguayan native won his first race in July of 1995 in his home country and is or was the regular rider of Louisiana champion Sunbean, graded stakes-winning sprinter Gantry and multiple graded stakes-winning gelding Grand Contender. The 35-year-old has finished in the top-20 nationally in wins the last four seasons, including 14th in 2014 – despite missing the entire month of December. His best finish was 13th in 2013. He boasts a career strike rate of 15.4%, while in the money with 43% of his mounts.

A tough Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Sunday allowance feature showcases the return of Grade I-placed Mike Stidham-trained 4-year-old filly Stellaris. At about one mile, the race also features sharp local allowance winner and slight morning line favorite More Than Less, stakes winner Bold Kitten and a pair of talented turf fillies who have claimed victory this meet for trainer Joe Sharp – Ruefully and Bissectrisa. 
Owned by Stidham and Tom Van Meter, Stellaris, a dark bay daughter of the late Harlan’s Holiday, will look to get back on track after two subpar efforts closed out her sophomore year. Stakes-placed on three different surfaces, the Kentucky-bred returns to the New Orleans oval at which she originally launched her career just over one year ago when third on debut in a rained-off one-mile and 70-yard maiden event.
After impressively breaking her maiden at Keeneland in her second start in April and routing an Arlington International Racecourse allowance in May – both on Polytrack – the versatile filly was second in the $75,000 Northbound Pride Oaks at Canterbury Park over a wet main track in what was her fourth career start in June. 
In her next two starts she showed her best form when a driving second behind multiple graded stakes winner Aurelia’s Belle in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks at Arlington in July and a similar closing kick in the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks at its namesake track behind Personal Diary in August in her turf debut. Subsequently, the Van Meter homebred went off form, despising the wet turf courses over which she competed when seventh in both the Grade III $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington in September and the Grade III $150,000 Valley View Stakes at Keeneland in October.
   Stellaris has put in a string of works over the main course leading into Sunday’s allowance, including two handy five-furlong moves in 1:01.60 and 1:01.40 on Mar. 9 and 16, respectively. James Graham, who has been aboard her for seven of her eight starts, returns to ride the earner of $166,089.

Source: Fair Grounds Barn Notes


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